Rainbow Ice

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The summer months in Arizona are coming in fast. Next week it is going to be in the 100s and it won't be long before it is almost 120 degrees. so, we are getting in as much outside time before the heat comes. Yesterday I filled 3 bowls with water and put them in the freezer so we had our giant ice blocks ready. Today I took the ice, liquid watercolor and salt outside in the empty sand table. Then the kids, ages 7, 4 and 2 years old, sprinkled and rubbed salt all over it. The questions started rolling in: "What is happening?"

Once the kids started asking questions I showed them how to pour the watercolor on the ice. At first they weren't really seeing much so we sprinkled more salt on the ice. We sprinkled, rubbed and tasted the salt, yes they had to taste something. After a few minutes the salt started making craters and lines. Then the real fun began, they were mixing colors and watching it run down the ice. The ice blocks were turning beautiful colors and each one was different, I couldn't stop taking pictures of them.

Just take a look for yourself!

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